Rose leave it late to rescue a point

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The impressive 100 per cent record of Linlithgow Rose ended last weekend, in a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Kelty Hearts.

The impressive 100 per cent record of Linlithgow Rose ended last weekend, in a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Kelty Hearts.

The Rose went into the game having started the season with the speed of a runaway train, recording seven wins from seven games and looked certain to maintain that form.

A late Callum Smith header rescued a point for the Prestonfield side and manager Mark Bradley (pictured, right) is determined the result won’t de-rail their season.

He said: “I was disappointed after the game because we want to win all of our home games but it’s a long season and I think, given the circumstances, we might look back on this game as a good point gained.

“We showed great spirit to equalise so late on, given that we lost such a late goal ourselves. A lot of teams would have let their heads go down and accept defeat but we refused and that is encouraging.”

Bradley’s men will now look to return to winning ways when they face Sauchie tomorrow (Saturday), at Prestonfield.

“Sauchie have made a great start to the season. They have come up with no fear and play good attacking football so we are expecting a tough game,” said Bradley.

The Rose are sitting 11 points clear of nearest challengers, Bo’ness United, at the top of the 
Super League and have been drawn at home in the Scottish 
Junior Cup against Fauldhouse.

“We are expecting a tough game against Fauldhouse but we are very pleased to get the home draw.

’’We are not looking too far ahead though and we will still continue to take it one game at a time,’’ said Bradley.

BO’NESS United returned to winning ways on Saturday, with a 6-2 rout of Broxburn banishing memories of the 5-1 whipping from Carnoustie the previous week.

Boss Allan McGonigal welcomed the East of Scotland Cup first round victory, saying: “We are delighted with the scoreline and the way we played. We had a point to prove to ourselves and everybody else and we did that.”

Injuries, suspensions and a recall saw just three of the same players start in a match where the boss said: “Six-two certainly didn’t flatter us.”

Quick to praise the team effort, including a good debut for Joe Savage, he declared: “Every one of them did really well on Saturday. We had no failures.”

On recent form, McGonigal added: “I think we’ve come a long way in a short time. Now we are back winning games against Super League clubs.

“We will suffer pain. We are not the finished article but we are not far off.”

United hope to bring in a Canadian goalkeeper ‘who has a pedigree’ subject to clearance.

Tomorrow (Saturday) brings a home league match against Musselburgh and McGonigal is focussing on the pitch action, as opposed to where their opponents currently sit in the league.

He also insisted his side was taking one game at a time and not getting distracted by their trip to North Super League champions Hermes on November 17.

But he told the Journal and Gazette: “When you are away from home in the Scottish Junior Cup you know you are in for a game.”